Middle Grade Read: To Look a Nazi in the Eye – Q&A with Author Jordanna Lebowitz

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Trump’s election gave a voice and a platform of hate to the Neo-Nazi group.  This is the story of the original Nazi movement – as experienced through the eyes of a teen.

Written for middle readers, hopefully we will be able to bring up a generation of Americans who finally understand  and will reject the things that are wrong by freely speaking out against hate.  Only then can we discontinue the viscous and dark cycles that we find ourselves grotesquely intertwined within.

Following, you will find a Q&A session with author, Jordanna Lebowitz

 

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  • What was it like to be a part of the development of this book?

It was a whirlwind! I never could have imagined that I would be involved in this journey! When I was in grade 4, I did my book report on Kathy Kacer’s novel, “Home Free” I never anticipated that I would have the honour to even meet the talented Kathy Kacer, never mind write a book together about my own story. It was also a much longer process than I had anticipated. I did not realize how long it takes to write and publish a book! Nonetheless, it was such an amazing experience. Kathy and I met each week so that she could interview me about my experiences and learn about me as a person. Kathy became a friend, a pseudo mother and even a therapist at times! It is amazing feeling to have the opportunity to put your experiences and messages down on paper for all generations to come!

  • How did you meet Kathy Kacer?

After I returned back from the trial, my story was featured in a local newspaper. Kathy read this article and reached out to me on Facebook! She was looking for a medium to tell the story of the trial to a younger audience in a way that they would connect to the story. She believed that through telling my story, younger people could connect as well as feel empowered to make their own mark on the world.

  • What did you learn about yourself from this experience?

I learned about my history, my people and my world. I learned that it is not evil people that commit evil acts, but ordinary people that act on the evil potential inside all people. I learned about the power of one person to make a difference. Every person must recognize and minimize their own prejudices and we must stand up for one another as people. From this experience, I learned about my potential and responsibility to make a positive mark on the world and how lucky I am to have the opportunity to do so.

  • What is your message to your generation based on this experience?

In my opinion, the trial wasn’t as much about achieving justice for the survivors in the shadow of all the loved one’s lost, as much as it was in sending a message to the world: A message to those who breed hatred- intolerance will not go unchecked. A message to those who commit crimes against humanity, no matter how far in the past- there will be consequences. A message to all genocidal victims- you are not alone. But mostly, a message to the younger generation- what will you do?

 

Everyone leaves their mark on the world. Some are faint, while others are prominent. Some are good and some are bad. But together, they shape the future; we shape the future. Oskar Groening no doubt left a mark and this one person’s choices have affected millions but just as he left an imprint, so can we. We must have courage to care and the ambition to act. Do not stand by as injustices occur. Do not just follow the crowd. You have a say in how this world unfolds. You can make a difference. Never doubt that you can.

 
 

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About Jordanna Lebowitz

Jordana Lebowitz attended the trial of Oskar Groening in 2015. She is dedicated to Holocaust remembrance and set up a Nazi cattle car exhibit at her university that was seen by more than 2,000 people. From Toronto, she has worked for Holocaust organizations in Australia and California and travels frequently.
 

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